|I spotted the tiniest lion this weekend, animated by two children who couldn't have been more than eight years old.|
|In Cantonese, the traditional San Francisco Chinese dialect since the days of the railroads, the sign reads "Gung hay fat choy" or "Best wishes and congratulations for a prosperous new year."|
There are a number of traditions associated with the events, most notably eating feasts with loved ones and handing out luck money. Our local banks are bogged down with long lines the week prior to the start, with patrons withdrawing money to fill small, shiny red envelopes called hong bao that they will give to children and unmarried single people.
|Love my dragon plates? You can pick them up at Williams-Sonoma. They're sold individually in the stores.|
If you ever get the chance to visit San Francisco, Lunar New Year is one of the most lively times to experience my hometown.